“Innovating Health” Webinar – Prof Rashid Bashir


“Innovating Health” Webinar – Prof Rashid Bashir

Microfluidics and Nanotechnology for Lab on Chip and Personalised Diagnostics
10 am – 11:15 am, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 (Singapore)
8 pm – 9:15 pm, Monday, 23 November 2020 (Chicago)

Prof Rashid Bashir
Dean of Engineering, Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Nick Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Grainger College of Engineering, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Integration of biology, medicine, and engineering and especially fabrication methods at the micro and nanoscale offers tremendous opportunities for solving important problems in biology and medicine and to enable a wide range of applications in diagnostics, therapeutics, and tissue engineering. Microfluidics and Lab-on-Chip can be very beneficial to realise practical applications in detection of disease markers, counting of specific cells from whole blood, and for identification of pathogens, at point-of-care. The use of small sample size and sensitive analysis of target entities can result in easy to use, one-time-use assays that can be used at point-of-care. In this talk, we will present our work on detection of T cells for diagnostics of HIV AIDs for global health, development of a CBC (Complete Blood Cell) analysis on a chip, use of nanopore sensors for detection of DNA and the quest towards DNA sequencing, and most recently, the use of crumpled and bent 2D graphene-based sensors for sensitive detection of nucleic acid molecules. Recent work on SARS-CoV-2 detection at the point of care would also be presented. The implication of these technologies for advancing personalised medicine for sepsis and cancer would be discussed.

Rashid Bashir is Dean of Engineering, the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Previously, he was the Executive Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer at the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine (2017 – 2018), the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, Head of Department of Bioengineering (2013 – 2017), and Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (a campus-wide cleanroom research facility) (2007 – 2013). Prior to joining UIUC, he was at Purdue University (1998 – 2007) with faculty appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering. From 1992 to 1998, he worked at National Semiconductor Corporation in Santa Clara, CA as Sr. Engineering Manager.

From 2014 – 2017, he was member of the core founding team, co-chair of the inaugural curriculum committee for the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering based College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He graduated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1992. He has authored or co-authored over 250 journal papers, over 200 conference papers and conference abstracts, and over 120 invited talks, and has been granted 50 patents. He received the NSF Faculty Early Career Award, the 2012 IEEE EMBS Technical Achievement Award, and the 2018 Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship Award from BMES. He is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, BMES, IAMBE, RSC, APS, and NAI. He has been involved in 3 startups that have licensed his technologies.

His research group is interested in developing new technologies for precision and personalised medicine, and 3D bio-fabrication of cellular systems. Using bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, and lab on chip, he is working at the interface of biology and engineering from the molecular to the tissue scale, and aiming to make an impact on grand challenges in health and medicine including cancer, sepsis, and others. He was PI on an NSF IGERT and an NIH Training Grant, co-PI on the renewal of an NSF STC (EBICS) with MIT, Georgia Tech, and collaborating Institutions.

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